Table 3

Perceptions of Rural Seniors on Adequacy of Community and Household Food Resources (n = 582)

% (n)


Community food resources

Little variety of foods that can be purchased

32.0 (186)

Few grocery stores or supermarkets

59.6 (347)

Food prices are high

79.5 (463)

Food store where most groceries purchased

Variety of fruits and vegetables is fair/poor

10.0 (58)

Freshness of fruits and vegetables is fair/poor

13.1 (76)

Price of fruits and vegetables is fair/poor

45.5 (265)

Household food resources

Food bought last month didn't last and we didn't have enough money to buy more

13.9 (81)

In the last month, we couldn't afford to eat balanced meals

13.1 (76)

In the past 12 months, we had to cut size of our meals or skip meals because there wasn't enough money to buy food

8.3 (48)


Sharkey et al. BMC Geriatrics 2010 10:32   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-10-32

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